Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences

Distinguished Lecture Series

Distinguished Lecture Series

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) seeks to promote global perspectives by sponsoring distinguished speakers whose work crosses disciplinary boundaries. The Distinguished Lecture Series is designed to bring outstanding scientists, as well as historians of science, science policy makers, and science journalists, and others who take imaginative positions on environmental issues and can establish enduring connections after their departure. Participants interests embrace those of the University departments and programs, and the NOAA labs affiliated with CIRES. The Lecture Series is presented in each academic year.

2017

Apr 7

Distinguished Lecture Series: Dr. Roger S. Pulwarty

Slow onsets, abrupt changes, and fast reflexes: Research on adaptation in a changing world.

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Jan 27

Distinguished Lecture Series: Dr. Richard J. Johnson

Climate Change and the Evolution of Humans

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2016

Dec 2

Distinguished Lecture Series: Dr. Graeme L Stephens

The talk for December 2nd has been canceled; no date has been rescheduled at this time

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Sep 23

Distinguished Lecture Series: Dr. Thomas Painter

A snow hydrologist's apology: Ruining the mystery of mountain snows

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Apr 29

Distinguished Lecture Series: Dr. Steve Running

Is terrestrial net primary production a planetary boundary?

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2015

Nov 6

Distinguished Lecture Series: Dr. Barbara Finlayson-Pitts

Particle Formation from Sulfur Compounds in a Coastal Urban Area: Now and Then 

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Oct 9

Distinguished Lecture Series: Jan Marco Müller

The quest for evidence: An insider's view on science and politics in Europe 

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Sep 25

Distinguished Lecture Series: Dr. David Keith

Moderate, Temporary, and Responsive Solar Geoengineering 

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Apr 24

Distinguished Lecture Series: Dr. Dan Kahan

Culture, Rationality, and Risk Perception: the Tragedy of the Science-Communication Commons

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Apr 3

Distinguished Lecture Series: Dr. Steve Amstrup

Why should we care about polar bears?

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Jan 23

Distinguished Lecture Series: Dr. Gavin Schmidt

Piecing Together the Climate Story: Linking past, present and future in the climate story

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2014

Oct 10

Distinguished Lecture Series: Dr. Thomas H. Jordan

The Prediction Problems of Earthquake System Science

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Apr 4

Distinguished Lecture Series: Dr. Pamela Matson

A new form of global change science:  Science for a Sustainability Transition

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2013

Apr 26

Distinguished Lecture Series: Dr. Mark Zoback

The Opportunities and Challenges of Shale Gas Development

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Mar 22

Distinguished Lecture Series: Dr. Steven Wofsy

Abbott Lawrence Rotch Professor of Atmospheric and Environmental Chemistry

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Feb 1

Distinguished Lecture Series: Dr. Richard Seager

The Dust Bowl and Other Great North American Droughts of the Past, Present, and Future

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2012

Oct 25

Distinguished Lecture Series: Christopher Landsea

Hurricanes and Global Warming: Expectations Versus Observations
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Oct 19

Distinguished Lecture Series: David Randall

A University Perspective on Climate Modeling
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Apr 6

Distinguished Lecture Series: Issac M. Held

Global Simulations of Tropical Cyclone Statistics, Interannual variability and the response to global warming

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Mar 16

Distinguished Lecture Series: Diana Liverman

Regents Professor in the School of Geography and Development

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2011

Nov 4

Distinguished Lecture Series: Peter Webster

Probability, Prediction and Decisions: A Pathway to the alleviation of poverty in the developing world

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Sep 9

Distinguished Lecture Series: Brian Toon

The Anti-Greenhouse Effect along the Spiral of Geologic Time

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Apr 29

Distinguished Lecture Series: Peter Rhines

Exploring the Cold Oceans of the North

 

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Feb 4

Distinguished Lecture Series: David Goldston

Loving Science to Death: Problems at the Intersection of Science and Policy

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2010

Nov 5

Distinguished Lecture Series: Mike Hulme

Why We Disagree About Climate Change

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Oct 8

Distinguished Lecture Series: Daniel Jacob

Mercury in the environment: where does it come from, where does it go?

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Mar 12

Distinguished Lecture Series: Peter B. Kelemen

In situ mineral carbonation in peridotite for geological capture and storage of CO2

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2009

Oct 23

Distinguished Lecture Series: Steve Rayner

The Problem of Uncomfortable Knowledge in Science Policy Debates

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Apr 17

Distinguished Lecture Series: Raymond Bradley

Recent Climatic Change and Deglacierization of the Tropics

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Mar 6

Distinguished Lecture Series: Greg Carmichael

What Goes Around Comes Around: The globalization of air pollution and the implications for the quality of the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat

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Jan 30

Distinguished Lecture Series: Alan Robock

Smoke and Mirrors: Is Geoengineering a Solution to Global Warming?

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2008

Oct 31

Distinguished Lecture Series: Gerard Roe

The shape of things to come: what are the limits to global climate predictions?

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Sep 26

Distinguished Lecture Series: Susan Solomon

A world of change: Climate yesterday, today, and tomorrow

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Feb 8

Distinguished Lecture Series: Mark Z. Jacobson

Air Pollution Effects of and a Renewable-Energy Solution to Global Warming

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2007

Nov 2

Distinguished Lecture Series: Gerald North

Climate Change over the Last Thousand Years and the Next Hundred

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Oct 12

Distinguished Lecture Series: Dorthe Dahl-Jensen

Greenland Ice Cores tell tales on the Eemian Period and beyond

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Jun 6

Distinguished Lecture Series: Prasad Gogineni

Synthetic Aperture Radar Imaging of Ice-bed Interface and Radar Sounding of Fast-Flowing Glaciers

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Jun 6

Distinguished Lecture Series: Stephen Hickman

Structure and Properties of the San Andreas Fault at Seismogenic Depths: Recent Results from the SAFOD Experiment

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Jun 6

Distinguished Lecture Series: John Wallace

Year-to-year Variability and Long-term Trends in the Circulation over High Latitudes

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Jun 6

Distinguished Lecture Series: Stefan Hastenrath

Variations of East African climate, glaciers and lakes over the past two centuries

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2006

Jun 6

Distinguished Lecture Series: Steve Boyes

The Okavango Delta - Africa's Wetland Wilderness

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Jun 6

Distinguished Lecture Series: George Philander

State of Fear the Day After Tomorrow? (A Geological Perspective on Global Warming) 

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Jun 6

Distinguished Lecture Series: Lonnie Thompson

Glaciological Evidence of Abrupt Tropical Climate Change: Past, Present and Future

 

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Jun 6

Distinguished Lecture Series: Amanda Lynch

A factorial analysis of storm surge flooding in Barrow, Alaska: an adaptation study

 

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Jun 6

Distinguished Lecture Series: Walter Pitman

Evidence for and Implications of the Black Sea Noah's Flood: Geology, Archaeology, Language and Myth

 

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2005

Jun 6

Distinguished Lecture Series: Lucile Jones

The Politics of Earthquake Prediction

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Jun 6

Distinguished Lecture Series: Michael Tjernström

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Jun 6

Distinguished Lecture Series: Bernard Hallet

Self-Organization in Landscapes

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Jun 6

Distinguished Lecture Series: Meghan Miller

GPS constraints on seismic hazard in the Pacific Northwest

 

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Jun 6

Distinguished Lecture Series: James C. Zachos

A Rapid Rise in Greenhouse Gas Concentrations 55 Million Years Ago: Lessons for the Future

 

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Jun 6

Distinguished Lecture Series: Myles Allen

How much carbon can we afford to emit?

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2004

Jun 6

Distinguished Lecture Series: Daniel Kevles

Patenting Life: Innovation and Controversy in the Political Economy of Patent Law

 

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Jun 6

Distinguished Lecture Series: William Ruddiman

The Anthropogenic Greenhouse Era Began Thousands of Years Ago

 

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Jun 6

Distinguished Lecture Series: Tanya Atwater

A Half-Billion Years of Plate Tectonics in the Western United States, or How the West Was Made

 

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Jun 6

Distinguished Lecture Series: Wallace Broecke

Sea Ice and Global Climate

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Jun 6

Distinguished Lecture Series: Kerry Emanuel

A Simple Model of Multiple Climate Regimes

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Jun 6

Distinguished Lecture Series: Paul Gipe

Overview of Worldwide Wind Energy Development

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Jun 6

Distinguished Lecture Series: V. Ramanathan

Asian Brown Cloud

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Jun 6

Distinguished Lecture Series: Jeff Severinghaus

How air bubbles trapped in glacial ice have changed our view of abrupt climate change

 

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Jun 6

Distinguished Lecture Series: Dianne Dumanoski

Understanding the Planetary Emergency as a "Human Crisis"

 

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Jun 6

Distinguished Lecture Series: Philip England

The Viscosity of the Continents

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2003

Jun 6

Distinguished Lecture Series: Inez Fung

Carbon-Climate Interactions: A Contemporary View

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Jun 6

Distinguished Lecture Series: Richard Alley

Looking back to our future: Is the IPCC optimistic on climate change?

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Jun 6

Distinguished Lecture Series: Daniel Sarewitz

Science, Values, and Climate Change: Probing the Limits of Objectivity

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Jun 6

Distinguished Lecture Series: Thure Cerling

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Jun 6

Distinguished Lecture Series: Claude Jaupart

Physical Controls on Volcanic Eruptions

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2002

Jun 6

Distinguished Lecture Series: Andrew Revkin

The Daily Planet: Why the Media Stumble over the Environment

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Jun 6

Distinguished Lecture Series: James Holton

The Tropical Tropopause Layer, the Quasibiennial Oscillation, and Stratospheric Dehydration

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Jun 6

Distinguished Lecture Series: Michael Bender

An Absolute Age Scale for the Vostok Ice Core: Implications for the Role of Milankovitch Forcing of Glacial-Interglacial Climate Change

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Jun 6

Distinguished Lecture Series: Carl Wunsch

A Revisionist View of the Milankovitch Hypothesis for Climate Change

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Jun 6

Distinguished Lecture Series: Dennis Lettenmaier

Implications of Hydrologic Variability and Change for Western Water Management

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Jan 6

Distinguished Lecture Series: Christopher Green

Stabilizing Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide: What will it take?

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2001

Jun 6

Distinguished Lecture Series: Roger Kennedy

The Abrasion of Human and Natural Systems: Fire, Flood, Risk and Responsibility

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2000

Jun 6

Distinguished Lecture Series: Roger Pielke Jr

Seasonal Climate Forecasts: Opportunities for and Obstacles to Use in Decision Making

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Jun 6

Distinguished Lecture Series: David Anderson

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Jun 6

Distinguished Lecture Series: Jim Rustad

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1998

Jan 1

Distinguished Lecture Series: Cort Wilmott

Spatially Interpolating and Mapping Climate Fields from Lousy Weather-Station Networks

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Jan 1

Distinguished Lecture Series: Joyce Penner

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